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7 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do in Ecuador

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domenick-buonamiciThis post was contributed by Domenick Buonamici. Domenick is the lead reporter for EcuadorRealEstate.org, the ideal first stop for any new investor in Ecuador. Follow Domenick on Twitter @dombuonamici

Most move to Ecuador because it’s cheap… yawn… but thankfully there’s a bit more to do in Ecuador than that.

Drive down the AndesFor example, here are 7 things I bet you didn’t know you could do in Ecuador…

  1. Rent a bike for $5 high in the Andes, in Baños, then be amazed as you casually descend through the foothills of the Andes into the Amazon Jungle Basin (60 km).  Then catch the bus with your bike back up.  Can be done in 1 day, only a moderate level of fitness is needed.
  2. Deep-sea fish for Marlin for a fraction of what it costs in Mexico or Oyster dive with locals near Salinas.
  3. Gamble in the Casinos of Guayaquil, or take an all-you-can-drink 2-hour river-boat cruise similar in style to what I’ve seen in San Diego, Toronto and London.  (This is how I met my last ex-girlfriend.)  Leaves almost every night in Guayaquil.
  4. Eat strawberries the size of your fist in Ibarra, cheese made in a leaf (Hoja de Queso) in Ambato, and entire fish cooked on a grill along the coast (pescado asado)…all delicious!
  5. Get certified as a glider pilot near Otavalo for a little over $1000… they say if you can fly a glider plane (it looks like a small airplane, but with no engine) flying a plane with an engine is even easier.
  6. Help harvest cocoa on a plantation in Machala then visit an active gold mine later that day.
  7. Eat Filet Mignon for $6 then get 5-10 years taken off your face –not exaggerating– with the treatments of skilled Dermatologists in Loja for a fraction of what you’d pay in the States.  Dentistry and other medical treatments are also world-class and at a low cost in Loja!

Alone, cheap cost of living is a bad reason to move to another country, that could change overnight!  But as you can see, Ecuador offers a lot more than that, in fact, I’d live here even if it were more expensive than the States (but not a lot more).

This post was contributed by Domenick Buonamici. Domenick is the lead reporter for EcuadorRealEstate.org, the ideal first stop for any new investor in Ecuador. Follow Domenick on Twitter @dombuonamici

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Bryan Haines is editor of GringosAbroad - one of the largest English language sites about Ecuador. Work with GringosAbroad. He is a travel blogger, photographer and content marketer. He is also co-founder of ClickLikeThis (GoPro tutorial blog) and Storyteller Media (content marketing for travel brands).

8 comments… add one
  • Pamela Oct 21, 2011, 6:18 pm

    I plan to travel end of January into beginning of February but perhaps there are some festivals near this time that would be fun to work in. Schedule is a bit flexible.

  • Pamela Oct 21, 2011, 6:15 pm

    Planning a 2 week trip to Ecuador to investigate areas of relocation. Could anyone suggest an interesting itinerary. I am not a novice traveller. This would be a beginning guideline.

    • Pamela Oct 24, 2011, 11:03 pm

      I found one.

      Ecuador Beach Property suggested 7 day Tour

      Day 1- Fly to Manta, visit nearby Crucita, San Clemente, northern Manta
      Day 2- Manta
      Day 3- Catch bus south to Santa Marianta, Puerto Cayo
      Day 4- Visit Los Frailes beach, sleep in Puerto Lopez
      Day 5- bus to Ayampe, then bus to Olon, sleep in Olon.
      Day 6- Visit Montanita, bus to Salinas, sleep in Salinas
      Day 7- Salinas, nightime 3 hour bus to Guayaquil
      *The ideal time alotted for this trip should be 10-14 days, but it can be done in 7 rushing.

  • JDW Oct 17, 2011, 5:45 am

    I thought the referendum passed last year closed the casinos.

  • Domenick Oct 14, 2011, 2:08 pm

    Hello Ehelene, no, i dont sell real estate, I just have a blog where I allow other agents in Ecuador to post their listings. Take care, Dom

  • Ehelene Mappe Oct 14, 2011, 12:21 pm

    Is Domenick Buonamici a licensed real estate seller ? I am to move to Ecuador and I am told to not do business with person not licensed to selling real estate. I hope you understand question it is Translation service.

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